The Cross River State House of Assembly has commenced activities to amend the Anti-Cultism Act which was passed into law in April 2002 during the administration of a former governor of the state, Mr Donald Duke.
The bill, christened ‘Cross River State Public Order Prohibition of Secret Cult and Offensive Weapons Bill 2019′ was sponsored by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr Joseph Bassey, on Thursday in Calabar. Bassey told the House that the bill seeks to, not just define who is a member of a secret cult, but to actually explain who is a cultist.
He added that the bill is expected to stop the countless killings of young people of Cross River on campuses by cultists. “Cultism has become a top killer factor in the state, even more, deadly than some diseases. The killing of young ‘Crossriverians’ on campuses is alarming and we must take steps to address it. “This bill seeks to outline stiffer punishment for any individual who is arrested for involvement in cultism to set as a deterrent to others,” he said.
Contributing to the bill, Mr Elvert Ayambem, who represents Ikom II State Constituency, argued that it was not enough for the bill to sentence cult culprits to few years imprisonment.